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Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation. Up to seven in ten women have experienced violence in their lifetime. It's time to end this pandemic, with one commitment at a time.
UN Women is calling on Governments everywhere to COMMIT to end violence against women and girls. There are many ways to make a life free of violence a reality for women and girls in every country: from passing or improving laws; launching public awareness campaigns; providing safe houses, free hotline services and free legal aid to survivors; supporting education programmes that address gender stereotypes and violence; and increasing women in law enforcement, peacekeeping forces and frontline services. Check out if your Government has committed yet!
Romania commits to develop strategies on family protection and policies to combat and prevent domestic violenceRomania
The Romanian Government joins UN Women’s "COMMIT to end violence against women and girls" initiative by developing strategies on family protection and policies on combating and preventing domestic violence. Romania recently adopted a law on preventing and combating violence, introducing amendments to the existing law and introducing protection order for survivors of domestic violence. The implementation of 2013-2017 National Strategy on Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence aims at developing social services specializing in preventing and combating domestic violence as well as at ensuring their quality through a non-discriminatory approach, particularly sensitive to cultural, age and gender differences. By the measures set out in the Operational Plan for the implementation of the 2013-2017 National Strategy to Prevent and Combat Domestic Violence, Romania aims to reduce family violence, to alleviate the victim's sense of insecurity, to reduce the risk of recurrence and to facilitate the social reintegration of persons who have committed crimes of domestic violence. The Strategy will also promote cross-sectoral cooperation, including partnerships with civil society and the private sector. A permanent working sub-group on domestic violence has been set up in the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly in order to strengthen the institutional capacity of central public administration authorities to manage domestic violence correlated with violence against children. Furthermore, Romania has contributed towards the development of the European Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the current National Strategy to Prevent and Combat Domestic Violence expressly provides for necessary steps towards the signature and ratification of the Convention.
Afghanistan commits to proper implementation of laws and accountability of State actors to end violence against womenAfghanistan
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan commits to ensuring the laws of the country are not misapplied and only those found guilty of defined crimes are punished, and that Government actors, including police and prosecutors, are held responsible for the correct application of laws.
Albania commits to implement laws, make justice accessible for survivors and engage men and boys in prevention effortsAlbania
The Government of Albania commits to implement the criminal code, introduce further amendments and ensure sensitization and training of members of the judiciary, to address violence against women and girls. It further pledges to improve access to justice for vulnerable women, survivors of domestic violence, by eliminating unaffordable court fees and by enhancing free legal aid services. It will undertake regular awareness-raising and educational campaigns to make violence against women socially unacceptable and involve men and boys in combating violence against women and girls.
Argentina commits to improve support services, raise awareness about existing laws and gather national statistics on violence against womenArgentina
The State of Argentina commits to take the following national measures to end violence against women. It will establish a national hotline for victims of domestic violence, and consolidate gender mainstreaming in public policy-making. The Government will create new “Women’s Municipal Areas", conduct workshops to train State and civil society actors on the reach of its national law on gender violence, and create a new registry for cases of violence against women. It will gather data and produce the first-ever national statistics on violence which will inform future public policies aimed at prevention and eradication of violence against women.
Australia commits to a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence and sexual abuseAustralia
The Australian Government is committed to a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence and sexual abuse, under the current National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. Australia has released the National Implementation Plan and key initiatives include the following: A public campaign, The Line, aimed at encouraging young people to develop respectful relationships, and education projects being implemented in every state and territory in school and non-school settings to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. Community Action Grants will support local community action to reduce violence against women, and for sporting clubs to establish zero tolerance programs in local clubs. The White Ribbon Workplaces Project is promoting safe workplaces for women, and the Safe at Home, Safe at Work toolkit for workers experiencing domestic violence has been published to help people remain in work, and provide details of where to get professional help and support. The government has launched the National Sexual Assault and Domestic and Family Violence Telephone and Online Counselling Service: www.1800RESPECT.org.au. Through another programme, DV-alert, for health, allied health and Indigenous health workers will be trained to recognise and respond to domestic violence. A National Centre of Excellence will facilitate and coordinate research activity into domestic and family violence and sexual assault to inform policy and programs.
Austria commits to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against womenAustria
Austria commits to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) by the end of 2013 and use gender responsive budgeting practices when developing national budgets, including for justice and security sectors.
Belarus commits to combat trafficking in persons and domestic violenceBelarus
Belarus commits to implement a new law to combat trafficking in persons and provide financial assistance to civil society organizations providing assistance to survivors of trafficking. Under the Fourth State Programme on Combating Trafficking in Persons, Illegal Migration and Related Criminal Activities, Belarus will focus on prevention of trafficking in persons, prosecution of perpetrators and implementation of measures to ensure the fundamental right of victims of trafficking to live free of violence. Furthermore, under the current National Plan for Gender Equality and the Law on Crime Prevention, Belarus will implement concrete measures to address and prevent domestic violence and develop a new law to counter domestic violence. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Belarus has launched a nationwide public awareness and educational campaign ‘A house without violence’ aimed at preventing domestic violence. The first stage of this campaign is promoting the recently launched toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence. The Government of Belarus commits to develop a comprehensive national system of response to gender violence, which will include increased number of crisis rooms and improved medical, social and legal services for survivors and measures to combat male aggressive behavior.
Belgium commits to align its policies to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and expand its National Action PlanBelgium
The Government of Belgium commits to take the following steps to end violence against women and girls: Belgium commits itself to ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and to align its policy in accordance with the provisions in the Convention. Through the new National Action Plan (NAP), Belgium commits to implement more than 120 new measures to fight against various forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, forced marriages, honour-related violence and female genital mutilation. The NAP has been updated in collaboration with the different stakeholders with new measures. Belgium will stay committed to implement its action plan to end violence against women.
Furthermore, following the General Recommendation 19 of the CEDAW Committee and the Universal Periodic Review of Belgium adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Belgium committed itself to extend its NAP to all forms of violence against women and girls. A working group has been created in order to prepare the integration of a section on “sexual violence” in the following long-term NAP for 2014-2018.
The fight against intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence requires an integrated approach. Belgium commits itself to carry on the development of strategies of coordinated and integrated intervention and to continue to support the official national bodies responsible for the coordination, implementation, follow-up and the evaluation of relevant policies. The Government commits to strengthen legal measures in order to guarantee a protective environment for women and children who are the victims of violence. Recently, two new laws have strengthened the fight against domestic violence: a law on the temporary banning of a violent partner from the home in case of domestic violence, and another law enables persons bound to professional secrecy to inform the public prosecutor when they are faced with a victim of domestic violence.
Belgium commits to carry on sensitization of the general public and specific groups such as young people. It commits to fully implement the new National Action Plan (2012-2014) to fight against human trafficking, which includes developing an integral and integrated approach to address human trafficking, legislative and regulatory aspects, prevention and protection of the victims, research and prosecution.
Belgium will pay particular attention to the protection of women and girls against gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict situations, and commits to adopt a new national action plan "Women, Peace and Security".
The European Union commits to take action to end violence against women within the 27 EU member states and through foreign policy and development cooperationBelgium
The European Union is committed to prioritize ending violence against women. To support the COMMIT initiative and national policies that combat violence against women, the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), working with the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, will take a number of specific initiatives.
To accelerate progress towards the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM), the Commission and the EEAS will hold a public consultation to help shape the internal and external aspects of EU policy in this field. In 2013 the Commission will also conduct and support awareness raising activities at EU and national levels. It will support transnational projects to combat violence against women at grass-root level and continue to support these activities through the future rights equality and citizenship programme covering 2014-202.
A proposal for a 'European Protection Order ', aimed at protecting crime victims is planned. When adopted, it will complement recent criminal and civil justice legislative measures on human trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, and on the strengthening of the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.
The Commission 's strategy for equality between women and men, 2010-2015, presented comprehensive actions for the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment, including the promotion of women's employment, policies to reconcile work and private life, to address the gender pay gap, and to promote gender balance in decision-making. The EU commits to taking these actions further in 2013.
The EU will promote the prevention of early and enforced marriages affecting children in an international campaign in 2013-2014. Campaigns will be launched on women's political participation and sexual violence and rape in armed conflict, in addition to combating FGM. Furthermore, by 2015, 80% of EU delegations will introduce specific measures on the role of external assistance and development cooperation in their local strategies for the implementation of the EU guidelines on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them.
Bosnia and Herzegovina commits to implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) and to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina commits to implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). In order to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, a Strategy to implement the Convention will be developed. The strategy will include the substantive issues of the Convention and define the strategic direction and specific strategic programs to address violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will pay attention to the prohibition of discrimination as well as include legislative and other measures to prevent violence against women and domestic violence and to protect and support victims. The Strategy will provide a mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the Convention.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is also committed to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 through the Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which focuses on increasing participation of women in decision-making position at all levels of government, increasing the number of women in military and police forces, increasing participation of women in peacekeeping operations and introducing the gender perspective in the training for peacekeeping missions. Through this Action Plan for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325, Bosnia and Herzegovina is committed to fight human trafficking, reduce risk of mine contaminated areas and improve support and assistance networks to women and girls victims during the armed conflict.
Brazil commits to implement laws and strengthen the National Pact for Ending Violence against WomenBrazil
The Government of Brazil commits to implement the Maria da Penha Law on Domestic and Family Violence, which calls for the establishment of special courts and stricter sentences for offenders, as well as shelters for women survivors. The Government further pledges to strengthen the National Pact for Ending Violence against Women, address trafficking of women and girls, and promote public campaigns and actions to end violence against women.
Canada takes national measures to combat human trafficking, violence against aboriginal and immigrant women, passes new laws and engages men and boys in prevention effortsCanada
Canada commits to ending violence against women and girls. The Canadian government is taking action to protect the most vulnerable women in Canadian society women in immigrant communities, women living in poverty, and aboriginal women and girls. Recognizing that the majority of victims of human trafficking are women and girls, the Canadian government recently launched a comprehensive National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking to ensure the safety and security of women and girls across Canada who are being targeted for sexual exploitation by violent traffickers. Aboriginal women and girls are Canadians most at risk of violence. The Government of Canada announced a further 5 year strategy aimed at enhancing the response of law enforcement and the justice system to cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
Canada believes violence against women is an issue for all Canadians to address, and for the first time, Canada is taking an innovative approach by directly funding projects that engage men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
Recognizing that girls are our future, Canada successfully championed the International Day of the Girl through the UN, celebrating the first annual day on October 11, 2012. The Canadian government has made our position clear on the topic of violence committed in the name of so-called "honour" by clearly condemning the practice in our
new Citizenship Guide, and being the first to provide funding specifically for immigrant women's organizations across the country to address this highly complex issue. To ensure the safety of women and girls, Canada has passed some new laws, addressing issues such as: ending house arrest for sexual assault involving serious personal injury
and aggravated sexual assault; strengthening sentences for child sexual abuses; and, toughening penalties for those who import, produce and traffic in date rape drugs. Canada has been active in the collection and analysis of evidence and data on the nature, extent and impacts of violence against women and girls, including the economic
costs. Canada will continue to support a range of projects to prevent and respond to the issue.
Chile commits to update National Plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325Chile
Chile makes a commitment to update its National Plan by adjusting it to the new requirements and international needs arising after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and to share this year its know-how, experiences and good practices by means of different training activities addressed to countries of its region, including its officers, experts and civil society organizations concerned.
Colombia commits to implement national plan to end violence against womenColombia
The Government of the Republic of Colombia expresses it´s commitment to “Implement a Comprehensive Plan to ensure the right to a life free of violence for Colombian women” as a strategy to end violence against women and girls in Colombia.
Denmark marks the International Day to End Violence against Women by making the following commitmentsDenmark
Denmark will place special focus on violence against young women. We will initiate a national debate on how to eliminate attitudes and behaviours that condone violence, address the root causes and risk factors and focus on preventing “dating violence” by addressing gender stereotypes and promote respectful relationships and to raise awareness between girls and boys, women and men. We have launched a new study documenting best practices and efforts that have worked in changing attitudes, norms and practices.
Some 1.4 % women are victims of domestic violence in Denmark. Up to 28,000 children live in homes where domestic violence occurs, and one in ten young women under the age of 24 have been abused by a partner. Denmark commits to continue its efforts and implement targeted activities to bring down the number of victims of domestic violence. Through its new Equal Futures Partnership programme Denmark has initiated a project that will run until the end of 2013, to increase awareness of violence in the family and train civil servants and front line staff in municipalities to detect signs of violence and address them.
Denmark is committed to ensuring inclusive policies and strategies to eliminate other forms of violence against all women and girls, for example, women with disabilities, indigenous women, migrant women, adolescent girls, and honor related crimes. We will continue our efforts to implement legislative and policy measures and establish the necessary institutional mechanisms to support victims of human trafficking and ensure prosecution of traffickers.
The Dominican Republic commits to expand and strengthen programmes to prevent and respond to violence against women and girlsDominican Republic
The Dominican Republic commits to take concrete actions to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all its national plans, projects and programmes targeting violence against women and girls. Announcing the country’s support for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, the President signed a Declaration of Commitment of Institutions that integrates the National Commission on the Prevention and Struggle against Domestic Violence (CONAPLUVI). The Dominican Republic commits to reform criminal prosecutions and prevention policies so as to ensure greater access to justice for women, and sets a concrete deadline of December 2013 for the establishment of a more efficient criminal complaints system to address violence against women and girls. The Dominican Republic further commits to strengthen its public health policies and plans, expand and improve prevention programmes as well as gender and human rights education in all institutions of the State. The Ministry of Women has launched a new national campaign “You can: Unite Now to End Violence against Women” to raise awareness and publicize a 24-hour hotline established for women at risk of domestic violence. The Government of Dominican Republic has also launched the new “Men promise: fewer every day until we reach zero” public awareness campaign for men, with the end goal of halving the country’s rate of Femicide.
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